New Leader Resources
Inland Northwest Council
Contact us at: 1-800-945-4390
The Inland Northwest Council serves 10,000 youth in the panhandle of Idaho and eastern Washington. The council serves these Washington counties: Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Lincoln, Whitman, Garfield, and Asotin plus these counties in the Idaho Panhandle: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone. Our council is one of 290 Boy Scout councils in the United States. We serve 10,000 youth, have 575 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venture crews and Explorer posts. Our program is delivered thanks to 4,500 volunteer leaders supported by 21 council staff members.
Our headquarters is in Spokane Washington and we have a field office in Hayden, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington. In addition, we own and operate three camps: Cowles Scout Reservation on Diamond Lake that features Cub Country, Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene, and Camp Grizzly on the Palouse River. In addition, we operate the North Idaho High Adventure Base that offers 1-day and 4-day/3-night whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon River.
Three Scout Service Centers: Spokane, Hayden & Clarkston
Our council provides three Scout Service Centers to support volunteers, Scouts and Scouting families. Each service center features a Scout Store that carries uniforms, awards, books, leader handbooks, camping equipment and volunteer recognition items. In addition, our service center staff are knowledgeable and able to answer most questions you might have or help you find the resources you need.
Visit your nearest service center to purchase your uniform and leader handbook.
The council is subdivided into two service areas that each includes four districts. Each district has a committee of volunteers that helps to coordinate and support the Scouting program in the district. There is a volunteer district chairman (the head volunteer in the district) and committees for activities, membership recruitment, fundraising, camp promotion, volunteer training,
Each district has a webpage with contact information for the district committee members, calendar of activities
- Service Area A:
- David Thompson (Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Newport area)
- Lewis-Clark Trails (Clarkston, Lewiston, Granville, Kamiah, Orofino, Pomeroy area)
- Chief Kamiakin (Pullman, Moscow, Colfax, Garfield, Potlatch, Palouse area)
- Old Missions (Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Silver Valley, St. Maries, Plummer, Worley areas)
- Service Area B:
- Stevens (Colville, Chewelah, Metalline Falls area)
- Chinook (Spokane south of the river, Latah Valley, Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lakes, Lincoln County area)
- Grizzly (Spokane Valley, Newman Lake, Rockford, Liberty Lake area)
- Thunderbird (Spokane north of the river, Mead, Deer Park area)
- Map of the Districts
Each service area has four council staff members assigned to help coordinate and support the program in the districts in that area.
- Program Executive (works with the district training, activities, advancement & recognition, and camp promotion committees).
- Membership Executive (works with the membership committee to coordinate youth recruitment campaigns, new unit organization, Webelos-to-Scout transition, and the spring Camp Card Sale).
- Unit Service Executive (works with the commissioners to provide support and coaching to units, monthly leader roundtable meetings, monthly district newsletter, district webpage, communication, and coordinates the annual Family Friends of Scouting campaign).
- Associate Development Executive (works with the district chairman, district Key-3, nominating, and Friends of Scouting committees and helps to coordinate the annual community Friends of Scouting campaigns and the popcorn sale).
The most important step to help you become an effective leader is to immediately complete the training program for your position. Complete Youth Protection Training, This Is Scouting, and Fast Start Training for your position online at www.MyScouting.org. Then attend an instructor-led “Position-Specific Course” based on your specific volunteer position. For a schedule of instructor-led training courses, go to www.nwscouts.org/training or call one of the Scout Service Centers.
To ensure a quality program for the Scouts, the Inland Northwest Council requires that all volunteer leaders become trained for their position within six months of registering.
Staff Support: Volunteer Lead; Professionally Guided. A Partnership.
Our council serves more than 10,000 youth members in our various programs thanks to the leadership of more than 4,500 volunteer leaders. Volunteers deliver the program to youth. Staff help to recruit, train, coordinate and support volunteers. Our council is governed by a volunteer executive board made up of 50 individuals. The Scout Executive & CEO reports to the Executive Board. Under the Scout Executive are 11 professional Scouters (career, salaried), 9 support staff (hourly, full-time or part-time), 2 full-time camp rangers, 1 part-time (summer only) camp caretaker, and other part-time/temporary staff.
- Council Executive Board chaired by the Council President (all volunteers)
- Scout Executive & CEO (full-time professional Scouter)
- Executive & Communication Assistant (hourly, support staff)
- Director of Field Service & COO (full-time professional Scouter)
- 2 Membership Executives (full-time professional Scouter)
- 2 Program Executives (full-time professional Scouter)
- 2 Unit Service Executives (full-time professional Scouter)
- 2 Associate Development Executives (full-time professional Scouter)
- Registration Services Secretary (hourly, support staff)
- Camping Director (full-time professional Scouter)
- Cowles Scout Reservation Ranger
- Camp Easton Ranger
- Camp Grizzly Caretaker
- Camping & Program Assistant
- Development & Marketing Director (full-time professional Scouter)
- Development & Popcorn Secretary
- Business Manager/Controller
- Hayden Service Center Manager & Store Clerk
- Clarkston Service Center Manager & Store Clerk
Monthly Roundtable meetings provide program ideas, answers to questions, ongoing training, and information on upcoming activities. We hold roundtable meetings each month in each district. All Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders are encouraged to attend. Vital information for your unit is distributed monthly at these meetings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Calendar of Activities